News from World Wings International
It is with deep sadness that WWI announces the death of Peyton "Pete" Randolph Latimer, Board Advisor to World Wings International. Aged 76, he died on May 29 in Sarasota, FL, of prostate cancer. Pete was always supportive of World Wings International and a great believer in the organization's goals and mission to carry on the long Pan Am tradition of global humanitarian assistance. He applauded our partnership with CARE and readily accepted a place on the Advisory Board when it was first established in 2011. A former Banker, he was of invaluable assistance to our Treasury.
Pete was born to the late Rear Admiral Samuel Edwin and Mary Kensett Reese on May 25, 1938 in Alexandria, VA. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1960, later earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander in Admiral Rickover's fleet of nuclear submarines. After he left the Navy, Pete was a financial executive at Chemical Bank followed by lengthy tenures at The Singer Company, Burlington Industries, and Mellon Bank. Pete is survived by his life-partner, World Winger Sidsel Fox; two children, two grandchildren, and a brother. A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 5 at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.
World Wings Manhattan Chapter member Kari-Mette Pigmans was on the Pan Am Press Charter that brought journalists to Dallas on November 22nd, 1963 for President Kennedy’s visit.
She was interviewed on March 26th, 2014 for the Living History Project of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX. Here is the video of her interview.
Thank you Kari-Mette for sharing this with us.
WWI Looks Back on a Productive Year: 2013 in Perspective
2013 has been a productive year for WWI. Membership numbers have held steady and are even up slightly.
Bangkok received its Chapter Charter in April and Houston has been re-established as a chapter.
Despite the uncertain economy, WWI maintained its donations to charity and, once again, sent the largest group of Citizen Advocates to Washington for CARE. Because of this steadfast support, a WWI/CARE Team will go on a donor trip to Ecuador.
The World Wings/Pan Am History Project has been completed. 568 questionnaires were turned in and copied and are now available for researchers and writers at the SFO Airport Museum and Library.
The Orlando Convention was a great success and ended up in the black. Attendees are still talking about the spectacular finale. Convention 2014 in Bangkok is expected to attract a large crowd, as is Convention 2015 in Savannah.
The thorough web-redesign was completed at minimal cost and on budget.
The WWI-Face Book Page continues to attract new users. From some 1629 fans, we have now nearly 1900.
There is every reason to think that 2014 will be as good a year or better…
A Moment of Silence
World Wings International and the entire Pan Am family have the opportunity to honor the loss of life of our fellow crew members, those on the ground and the passengers of Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland by attending an organized service on December 21st at Arlington National Cemetery, in London, or in Lockerbie. Those who are not attending one of the planned services are encouraged to light a candle and hold a moment of silence to honor those no longer with us. This year commemorates the 25th year of remembrance.
Please Join Us In
A Moment of Silence
December 21, 2013
The 25th Anniversary Of
The Day the Heart
Of Pan Am Died
Remembering Pan Am 103 and the Crew, Passengers and Residents of Lockerbie, Scotland who perished 25 years ago.
Twenty-five years ago, on December 21st, 1988, a terrorist's bomb ripped apart Pan Am Clipper Maid of the Seas, raining fire, wreckage and death on a quiet Scottish town. The bombing of Pan Am 103 left wounds that still ache, for the families, the people of Lockerbie and for Pan Amers around the world. It was indeed, the Day the heart of Pan Am died.
On Saturday, December 21st, 2013, we invite you to join the people of Pan American World Airways in observing a moment of silence at 1902 GMT, the hour the bomb exploded.
These stained glass windows by Scottish artist John Clark represent the flags of the nations of the victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The windows are installed in the town hall in Lockerbie, Scotland.
This remembrance is the concept of three former Pan Am flight attendants. Olgalis Chacon developed the idea. Romlee Stoughton designed the memorial cover and Anne Sweeney wrote and distributed the message.
We hope you will join us in spirit, wherever you are on December 21st at 1902 GMT to remember the 259 passengers and crew and the 11 residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, who perished because of this unconscionable terrorist attack.
The tragedy was the beginning of the end of Pan American World Airways, an aviation icon. For those of us in the Pan Am Family the loss of our company was shattering. If Pan Amers and their friends around the globe, simultaneously remember Flight 103, we can honor those lost to us and remind the world that on that December day, the heart of Pan Am perished too.
Can You Help with Follow-up Questions from “Jet Sex” Author, Victoria Vantoch?
Journalist and Historian Victoria Vantoch gave the keynote address at our 2013 convention in Orlando. She introduced to an enthusiastic audience her just completed book “The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon,” a serious academic work on the place of the Stewardess in American culture. Her presentation prompted a lot of interest and the book sold out in no time, especially since the author generously decided to let all the proceeds go to charity.
Such generosity should not go unnoted and WWI would like to help the author round off her study by providing the answers to her remaining questions. Please take a look at these questions and see if you can help:
Did you KNOW at the time that you were making history in such a significant way?
Did you have a sense of the broader cultural importance you had?
Were you aware that you were such critical representatives of the nation overseas? Did you realize you were setting the standard for women in America and the world? Do you think of yourselves as history makers…as revolutionaries…as role models?
Kindly send your responses to www.facebook.com/AirlineStewardess. The questions are not listed on the page so please print out the questions so you'll know how to respond.
The book is carried by Amazon or may be phone-ordered from Barnes & Noble (at a discounted rate of $29). B & N: 1-800-THE-BOOK (1-800-843-2665).
A history of second hand smoke exposure: are we asking the right questions?
A commentary written by Mardi A. Crane-Godreau and Peter Payne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH, USA to accompany a special research topic, Second Hand Smoke and COPD: lessons from animal studies, hosted by Frontiers in Respiratory Physiology. Click here to read the full article.
World Wings Members Win Gold Adrian Awards
Anne Sweeney, President of the WW Princeton/Philadelphia chapter and owner of Anne Sweeney Public Relations, has won a Gold Adrian Award from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMI) for her PR work on The Real Women of Pan Am, a global PR campaign linked to the launch of the ABC TV series Pan Am.
Lou Hammond, a member of the WW Manhattan chapter and Chairman and Founder of Lou Hammond & Associates, was a winner of 11 Gold Adrian Awards and one Platinum Award from HSMAI for work on several imaginative PR campaigns for the agencies travel clients in.
Our congratulations to both Lou and Anne on their success.